It has been reported that all 12 members of the Greek swimming team are presently in compulsory isolation after five out of the twelve tested positive for coronavirus in the first cluster detected at the ongoing Games, Olympic officials revealed on Wednesday.
The team have now withdrawn from participating in the remaining competition and the seven other members who have so far tested negative have accepted to move to a facility due to close contacts of positive cases, said Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya.
Takaya further added none of those who tested positive so far require hospital care and as such no need for alarm.
The team did not participate in the duet competition on Tuesday and have now officially withdrawn from the team competition, which is billed to start later this week.
“It pains us to imagine the feelings of the athletes who have done a great deal to prepare for the Games and came all the way to Tokyo in this difficult situation,” Takaya told a briefing.
“We pray for their swift recovery,” Takaya said, adding that it was the first “cluster” discovered at the Games.
So far, Tokyo 2020 has reported 322 positive virus cases among its stakeholders including athletes, officials and media. Most of the positive cases have been among Japanese residents working as employees or contractors.
The Games are taking place under strict anti-infection rules after it was initially postponed for a year after the start of corona-virus pandemic. Tokyo itself is under a virus state of emergency and has registered record infection numbers in recent days.